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Military Health Institute’s Dr. Byron Hepburn Speaks at Health Cell

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Author: Dr. Teresa Evans | Category: Of Interest | April 15, 2015

This week was a busy week for our own, Dr. Byron Hepburn, director of the Military Health Institute. Dr. Hepburn hosted the first workshop, Introduction to DOD Grant Funding, which he described as a workshop that will “begin to demystify the DOD process.”

Further, the Military Health Institute was highlighted at this week’s Health Cell event, A New Center for New Opportunity: Military Health Insitute at UTHSCSA, where Dr. Hepburn shared with the biomedical community of San Antonio what great things he has accomplished within the first 5 months of the institute as well as his plans for the future.

Some highlights of both of these events are as follows:

- Military Health represents approximately $27.7 billion dollars in San Antonio and 190,000 jobs.

- UTHSCSA trains all military combat medics

- UTHSCSA is primed to launch longitudinal research studies in collaboration with the Veterans Affairs /Department of Defense infrastructure in San Antonio.

Our trainees also attended the Health Cell Event.

- Tanisha Hammill, Ph.D. Candidate, Translation Science

- Iriscilla Ayala, Ph.D. Candidate, Integrated Biomedical Science

- Travis Block, Ph.D. Candidate, Biomedical Engineering

- Liz Fisher, Ph.D. Candidate, Integrated Biomedical Science

- Milos Marankiovic, Ph.D. Candidate, Biomedical Engineering

“This event was very informative. While I knew about the Southwest Research Institute (SwRI), VA, and San Antonio Military Medical Center (SAMMC) affiliations with the Health Science Center, I learned there were so many more military medical centers in the area, which help contribute to clinical care and longitudinal research studies," Fisher said. "It was interesting to hear about all the different and comprehensive ways military research in San Antonio benefits veterans and current service members across the country and the world.”

"As a graduate student, I really enjoyed hearing about what is being done in San Antonio to improve the research infrastructure and keep the biomedical field growing in our city," Block said. 

In closing of the Health Cell event Dr. Hepburn said, “San Antonio has a bright future in serving our military and making lives better.” 

To which all in the room agreed. 

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